Sunday Morning Podcast December 29, 2019. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MARK 4:1-9 (5,8)
1 And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Are you content with the depth of your ground? Our spiritual heart ground needs to be deeper so that it can accommodate more of the Word of God. Coming up on the year of the new decade 2020, what objective have you set for yourself that you would like to achieve? What personal goals? Many of us go day by day, but life can be better, if we set even one objective spiritually to achieve a goal. That will help us to go deeper in the Word of God, to help us to increase in everything to do with faith. The Word of God is likened to seeds that will fall on four different kinds of ground. This message will focus on two. Verse 3 says, “…..There went out a sower to sow.” Mark it down, and say to yourself, …”I” am the ground. I am one of these 4 types of grounds described here. “Which kind of ground am I?” In these scriptures the Lord is telling us that there are things that will either allow Him to govern us, or things that will get in the way. And at any time you might be a “different type” of ground. In this moment, you have either an easy type of heart ground for God’s word to grow in, or a difficult one. Which ground are you right now? At any point in time, you might be one of the other types of grounds, instead of necessarily the good ground. So we need to decide in this moment of time, “Which kind of ground am I?” Ultimately we should want to be found as in verse 8; And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. The greater the depth of our heart ground, the greater we can grow in the fruit of Christ. There is a direct connection to the depth of your Christ given earth, or heart ground, ….and the ability to produce for Christ. The deeper you go, the more you will be able to produce! According to verse 8, evidently “they” were able to produce 30, 60, and some 100 fold production for God! Depending on their ability, and the Lord working on them …to create a deeper certain depth. This might be your year for a greater harvest! When God first saved you, He created sufficient depth in your “garden” that would produce something for the Kingdom of God! Wherever you were then in your life’s needs and challenges, He created sufficient depth to function and prosper in it. Perhaps it demonstrated growth in the fruits of your children lives, or another you were working with….something that came up of yield for the Kingdom. Because God created sufficient depth in you! Now a question is, “Does it get deeper, or does something else get in the way in our garden?” And that’s where this message is meant to help us this morning.
Do we allow things to get in the way for God to enter into our garden? On a more collective scale, our congregation needs to have a goal as a whole also, to go deeper. For more of us to go deeper in the word of God, to have a greater yield for His kingdom! Isn’t that fair? Are you willing to accept that challenge? So all of us can make that our personal goal this year! Deeper, so that our ground will bring a greater harvest, ….by having gone deeper in God’s Word. So what follows in this lesson is some comparisons of a shallow or deeper ground. Comparisons for our day, so that it means something to us. Four types of ground. The sower comes to sow in our ground. The sower is whatever brings the Word of God to our lives. The seed of God’s Word, can sometimes fall by the wayside, so that the “hateful birds” of spiritual enemies of the day, can snatch them out of our heart. The hateful birds of this world are anyone that wants to snatch the seeds of faith out of our lives. Saying, “You don’t need to go to church, pray and study more God’s Word,” (that good seed that gives you a greater chance to make heaven your home.) Why would you listen to that false spirit? If your heart is not receptive to the seeds of God’s Word, your heart is the wayside ground,where God’s Word cannot be planted. Hearts become wayside ground from having allowed the seeds of vanity to take root. This is the substance of Jesus’s message! You can choose the seeds of this message …or not! Each of us has had the second type of ground, stony, which doesn’t have any depth. The heart ground was allowed to become hard-pan (no real “rooting”) or taken over by the weeds of vanity that choke out the Word. It happens when we spend a lot of our time in the vanities of life, and much less of God’s Word. The fourth ground is absent of these hindrances, so God’s Word can go deeper! “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.: Acts 6:7,8 We all would want to say “we grew” like in this scriptural example, and had more than when we started, and not less. The challenge is whether or not our ground is deep enough to be sustainable. When the trials get hard enough, our ground is needing to be sustainable to endure the great heat and scorching of tribulations. In the shallow ground, it doesn’t mean that it is impossible, but it cannot contain the richness of the seed of God’s Word! It can only bring a withered harvest! Are you content with a shallow garden ground? Are you content with the depth of your garden ground? What kind of ground are you?
Are You Content With The Depth of Your Ground?